With 10 picks in the upcoming draft, and one more season remaining on their contracts, GM Mark Dominik and HC Radio Morris are focused solely on the draft, as they should be. This years players drafted, and the development of last years players, will be the determining factor on whether or not they get their contracts renewed after 2011’s inevitable lockout.
“We’ve done a lot of things different not only in the last 12 months but maybe even in the last couple months in terms of how we look at the draft and the way we do things, the way we break players down,” said Dominik. “With everything being digital now, we’re able to do so much more and look at players in so many different capacities. We’re taking advantage of that, and we’re asking our coaching staff to get involved as much as they can in this draft as well as all of our scouts.
“That’s another element of why we pushed OTAs back, to make sure that all of our coaches and everybody is really focused on this draft,” said Dominik. “We’re just putting a stronger emphasis on this draft.”
“It was the thought process of how we are building this team,” said Dominik. “It was sitting down with Coach Morris and saying, ‘This draft class is that important. Let’s make sure they’re involved in every OTA day. Let’s not let them miss out on five or six days prior to the draft. Let’s make sure this whole team is moving forward together.’ That was really important to us. We pushed all of our OTAs back behind the draft to make sure that everyone of those draft picks could be here. Let’s get as close to the 80-man limit here from Day One of the OTAs all the way through mini-camp. That’s every important to us.”
“A lot of the thought and emphasis was put in the last 12 months in terms of acquiring draft choices, because of what we want to do with this football team moving forward,” said Dominik. “That’s where our focus has been, our main focus. We’re going to put a lot of time and a lot of effort into the 2010 draft because it is such an important class and because we do have a lot of selections and a lot of high selections.”
What they do with this draft, and what they do in free agency will determine my 2k investment with the Bucs.